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to be leon panetta's last day as the pentagon chief, but after a rocky confirmation hearing, senators' demands for other answers the replacement has been temporarily blocked. this is "special report." ♪ ♪ >> bret: good evening. i'm bret baier. bags are packed. ready to head out of town but leon panetta isn't riding nauf the sunset of california retirement yet. senate republicans are blocking a vote on panetta's embattled replacement over among other things questions about the libya terror attack last september. mike emanuel on what is holding up chuck hagel. >> they successfully delayed chuck hagel's controversial nomination as secretary of defense. late today, procedural vote failed after senator john mccain had made the case for waiting until after next week's recess. >> i think that is a sufficient period of time to get answers to outstanding questions and i think that senator hagel after that period of time deserves a cloture vote and a uvote on his. >> i have valued your thoughts and your contributions. i think most all of us in public office feel that way. >> among questions
cuts but with no agreement in place, 85 billion is set to be cut this year and the pentagon is said to be hit hardest with a $56 billion cut. >>> john mccain believes senator chuck hagel will likely be confirmed a week from today. >> i don't believe he is qualified but i don't believe we should hold up his nomination any folder because it is a reasonable time to have questions answered. >> they say they need more time to have questions answered about senator chuck hagel and john mccain believes the vote should go forward. >>> a family is in shock after their teenage daughter was shot. renee mcfarland was shot just hours after heresies' attended -- her sister attended the president's speech. >> every time think about the way my child died, she didn't deserve it. she did not deserve that. >> police say the teen was visiting family in north chicago when she was shot in an alley. a memorial has been set up in the spot where she lost her life. >> they are warning americans to be careful at one of peru's most favorite site. they announced peruvian terrorists may have time to be connected
. joining me now is the cnn pentagon correspondent chris lawrence to talk about the tactics and the military. and how the military may have helped the police spy on this killer despite him hiding underground, also with us victor blackwell in midland city in alabama watching this unfold. victor, first, let me start with you. the standoff stretched for seven days and ended in just a mere matter of minutes. are we getting any more information from officials on why they decided to go in, how they decided to go in, and how they pulled this off? >> reporter: exactly. and this is a blend of both military science and social science. i will leave the military end up to chris. i'll tell you about the other element. we have reached out to the fbi contact, we have been speaking to this week, alabama state police, some sources who were close to the situation. we know this came down to the last 24 hours. and the fbi hostage rescue team, it's more than just the guys who go in to pull the child out. there are behavioral scientists, tactical technicians, the fbi swat, the negotiators, they are all here at th
will oppose hagel no matter what. >> i believe he's the wrong person to lead the pentagon at this perilous and consequential time. >> tea party senator ted cruz tried to gin up an old conservative bogeyman. >> i'd like to draw your attention to an interview you did in 2009 with al jazeera. >> but here's the real reason. these guys don't want chuck hagel in the defense department. this is the bomb bomb iran crowd. you see, mccain and graham have led the charge for possible war against the iranians as well as syria. chuck hagel sees war as an absolute last resort. that's why president obama picked him. the two share similar views in philosophy as the obama administration attempts to define the role of the united states in the transition to a post-superpower world. their philosophy is this. the united states must get out of these massive land wars, iraq and afghanistan, and if possible avoid future large-scale war. despite all of the posturing and starcraft, hagel's nomination, well, is not in jeopardy. not one senator who previously voiced support for hagel has changed his or her mind. i thi
, sequestration. if congress and the president can't come up with $1.2 trillion in cuts by march 1st, the pentagon will be hit by a series of cuts worth $500 billion, $700 billion would be cut from other domestic discretionary programs. president obama is warning that that has to stop. >> washington cannot continually operate under a cloud of crisis. that freezes up consumers, it gets businesses worried. we can't afford these self-inflicted wounds. >> work under a cloud of crisis. joining me now, msnbc policy analyst and "washington post" reporter, ezra klein. good to have you here. before i get to the potential impact of sequestration, do you think it's really going to happen or is congress going to reach a deal to stop these cuts? i point out the countdown is on with only so many days to go. >> i think it might happen. they don't seem to have a good way to stop the cuts. i should just say i think it's $500 and $500 billion on domestic and pentagon side. either way, there's not been really anything even near a deal to deal with sequestration, partially because of how it actually got constructed i
other states. not only is virginia home to the pentagon, the world's largest u.s. navy base, but a hub for major defense contractors such as aircraft builders. so the impact over 200,000 jobs, second only to california. you can't want this automatic spending cut to go forward. >> you know, clearly this is not, david, the best way to go about trying to chroontrol spending. and we have demonstrated in the house two separate occasions -- one of the bills we put across the floor and passed i was the sponsor of for that reason. these are indiscriminate cuts. we can do a lot better. what i hope to be able to hear from the president in the state of the union is he wants to join us in trying to effect much smarter cuts in spending. >> but that's what he's saying. >> we don't have to have the impact that you just described. >> why not work with him on short-term measure which he is talking about to delay this, find a different way to go about some of the cuts? >> the problem is, david, every time you turn around the answer is to raise taxes. and, you know, he just got his tax hike on the wealth
defended the pentagon's response to the attack in benghazi that left chris stevenson and three others dead. there just wasn't enough time to get attack aircraft to the scene. >>> today, president obama will speak at a farewell dinner for panetta. he will be replaced by chuck hagel if replaced by the senate. >>> and michelle obama plans to travel to chicago to attend the funeral for 15-year-old hadiya pendleton. a band student and honor opportunity who participated in the inauguration festivities. hadiya was the victim of gun violence last week. fatally shot about a mile from the obama home. >>> wall street is bracing for a blizzard. keep an eye on linkedin today. the professional social media network shot up 10%. thanks to earnings that dealer doubled. >>> boeing stocks go higher. federal investigators have given the green light to testing of the dreamliner. >>> we'll see how apple fared day after. david iron horn called the company out for the bailout of cash. apple said it's consider the proposal of shares. they could build a stack of dollar bills. 9,000 miles high. they could foot the c
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. this is reality. >> if the automatic cuts go into effect he says expect action from the pentagon including furloughing as many as 800,000 civilian workers for up to 22 days. cutting back on army training and maintenance, shrinking naval operations and reducing air force flying hours and weapons and its. today a group of house republicans proposed cutting the federal work force by 10%. >> our defense should not be used as a bargaining chip because of other policy aspirations of people want to accomplish. >> house speaker john boehner called sequestration a bad idea. he says it was forced upon republicans by president obama. >> it is taking a meat ax to our government and many programs in national defense. >> experts warn the impact would be especially felt in the washington area. >> i am very concerned about it. >> this car salesman says he is optimistic. >> so far we have not seen much of a decline. we don't really see a decrease in sales, but possibly in the near future, yes. >> house speaker john boehner alleges it was because president obama wanted to avoid making tough cuts during a pr
of the pentagon cuts will be carried out. both parties are trying for deal, but the prospects are dimming. abc7 news. >> thank you, rebecca. president obama is putting the finishing touches on his state of the union address. he will address a joint session of congress and the nation tomorrow night. he is expected to lay out priorities for his second term, among them gun-control immigration, and clean energy. florida senator marco rubio will lay of the republican response and rand paul will respond for the tea party. >> president obama presented the medal of honor. he led a few dozen soldiers into repelling an attack in 2009. 8 soldiers were killed in that battle. heat suffered wounds to his hip -- he suffered wounds to his hip and neck, but he kept on fighting. >> i am grateful that they are here with us, and any one of them will tell you, we were not going to be beat that the. i want them to know how proud i am of them. >> he says that he accepts the medal of honor with mixed emotions. he feels toward for successfully accomplishing this mission, but sad because the many lives were lost. >> fir
about the pentagon. >> they think congress will avoid yet another fiscal cliff. >> i think they get it done. >> in washington, nothing feel certain period of goldberg abc 7 news. >> every few days we get a little system with a little bit of snow. if you add up all of that we have had so far two or 3 inches of snow across the area. here is a time lapse from the weatherbug rooftop camera in arlington looking to the west. just before sunset, a lower index of cloudiness moving in which is expected ahead of this system moving through the region. in advance of the winter weather revisory from frederick and washington counties in maryland westward. right now, a winter storm warning for 5, 6, 7, 8 inches of snow for the mountains. most snow will get pulled out of that area and by the time it gets here is just a flurry up to maybe 1 inch. picking up some snow on the doppler radar. during the afternoon, most of this will evaporate before it hits the ground. pena flakes -- a few flakes will make it down. below freezing in the areas that get the snow so there could be some patches of ice on the
home to the pentagon, the largest navy base in norfolk, it's a hub for defense contractors, such as aircraft carrier builders, nondefense budget cuts would eliminate another 71,000-plus jobs in virginia. so, the impact over 200,000 jobs, second only to california. you can't want this automatic spending cut to go forward. >> you know, clearly, this is not, david, the best way to go about trying to control spending, and we have demonstrated in the house for two separate occasions. one of the bills that we put across the floor that passed i was a sponsor of for exactly that reason. these are indiscriminate cuts. we can do a lot better. and what i hope to be able to hear from the president in the state of the union is he wants to join us in trying to effect much smarter cuts in spending so we don't have to have -- >> but that's what he's saying. >> so we don't have to have the impact that you discussed. >> why not work with him on some short-term measure that he's talking about to delay this, try to find a different way to go about these cuts? >> the problem is, david, every ti
escalators at the pentagon station will be shut down as they get replaced. riders will still be able to get in and out of the station using the elevator and the northside at a later. -- escalate short. plans -- escaltorlator. "washington post" may be looking to sell off its downtown digs. >> twitter is the star of the super bowl. linda bell joins us now live from bloomberg headquarters in new york. >> good to see you. let's talk about stocks. they have been on a tear lately. on friday the dow hit orton thousands of the first time since two 2007. a little below its all-time record high. you talked about the super bowl. companies scramble to make light of the unexpected blackout by creating #poweroutage. oreo posted a picture of the oreo -- you can still dunk in the dark. it was retreated almost 14,000 times during the game. twitter, the site was under a cyber attack recently. the hackers may have obtained access to and from nation for about hundred 50,000 users. -- 250,000. the washington post may sell its downtown headquarters as newspaper owners stronger with circulation and ad spending.
. >> it is the biggest story for the pentagon and industry here in the washington area. he is going to talk mostly about domestic issues. immigration, gun rights, and focus on those types of things as opposed to the more international security. >> what is the challenge for him in trying to get these two parties to coalesce what we continue to criticize congress for being inactive. how would he do that? but he has to appeal to things he knows republicans will do. he probably cannot get a grand bargain on spending. something's on immigration including the process for people who are here illegally to begin to become american assistance. -- american citizens. >> are we going to hear from him -- is he going to say the people have spoken? we have heard that from him before. you think he really plays ball? >> i think he will play ball initially. one early signal is that he is going to have a pretty aggressive speech, all things considered. he is going to say we have some big problems and here is what we want to do about that. he is going to reach across the aisle but there is going to be a sharp edge. >> we wi
't heard from the pentagon on the latest development. but the u.s. did confirm in 2011 this one of its unmanned drones went missing. >>> those drones will likely be one of the most heated talked points during john brennan's confirmation hearing. he's president obama's pick to head the cia. he'll face tough questions from democrats and republicans. nbc's tracie potts is live on capitol hill with a preview. good morning. >> reporter: good morning. in a written response to those lawmakers he faces later today, brennan says that those drone strikes are rare but are legal. he is defending them and will talk more about that today. he'll be asked more about that today as the top counterterror adviser for the president. the white house also releasing what had been a classified memo to lawmakers on these intelligence committees with the legal justification for why the u.s. thinks or, as the white house put, it we're doing this for the right reasons in the right way. but the ucla, privacy groups, lawmakers, even some states disagree. 11 states are trying to restrict how drones are used in their
men caught on camera monday smashing a display case inside the zales jewelry store in pentagon city stealing 27 diamond rings. >> i had seen that and when i looked up at my desk and i saw the guy heading toward me, that was the first thing i thought. they're here, same ones. >> reporter: frederick police say they're looking into that possibility. >> we're in communication with arlington pd. we're reviewing their information and showing them our information and seeing if they link up and if they do, we'll work it cooperatively. >> reporter: in both cases it appears the bandits used a hammer to break open the display cases. in today's caper the hammer was dropped and left behind, their victims left to deal with the effects of being pepper sprayed, but they're all okay physically. >> after today's heist police say the hooded men got away in derek colored suv or truck. it was a red -- a dark colored suv or truck. it was a red sedan that was seen leaving the scene in pentagon city. >>> police believe this woman robbed two banks in a matter of minutes yesterday in northwest d.c. one rob
budget, pentagon leaders are worried about the impact in the military. if congress cannot get a big deal, -- >> then they should pass a smaller package of spending cuts and tax reforms. >> get us through the fiscal year and give congress time to work on a budget. >> we should give them a chance to come up with this budget instead of making indiscriminate cuts now that will cost us jobs and significantly slowed down our recovery. >> both sides agree something has to be done, but how? republican leaders are digging in their heels against more tax revenue. john boehner believes there is a better way to reduce the deficit but americans do not support sacrificing real spending caps for more tax hikes. the president signaled yesterday he might be open to changes in medicare and social security. >> coming up, a powerful earthquake triggers a five-foot tsunami in the south pacific. the latest estimates on the damage. you could soon go all we can without mail service. why the post office is cons >> at least five people are dead in the solomon islands following a tsunami in the south pacific. this
. >> if a deal is not reached between congress and the white house, the pentagon faces $46 billion in budget cuts over seven months beginning in march. the defense department would also face additional cuts next year and beyond. >> president obama this morning will travel to decatur, georgia tech visit pre-k students and then speak at a recreation center. is afternoon he returns to the white house to take part in a fireside hang out on google+ to discuss a state of the union address and to interact. it starts at 4:50 p.m. and will be streamed live on the white house web site for along with his youtube and google+ pages. >> the postal service puts congress in an interesting predicament with its decision to end saturday delivery. >> can possible merger between u.s. airways and american. linda bell joining us from bloomberg headquarters in new york. anne valentine data you. >> happy valentine's day. looks like it's finally nearing an end. directors have voted on the merger approved $11 billion deal yesterday. this sets the stage for an announcement later today. the combined airline will fly under th
to pentagon workers about pay cuts and potential layoff it is congress fails to act on a looming budget deadline. the impact of this one could be pretty far reaching. >>> a new reason to study your credit card statements carefully. the sneaky hidden fees that could be costing you and how to avoid falling victim to them in the first place. >> that's a good way to get angry. look at your cell phone bill, all those little things they tack on, you've got to call them out sometimes. >> if you call them and say what's this? sometimes they'll say oopse. >> oh, i'm sorry. how did that get on there? let me take that off. >> you've been paying $3 for four years? but we're not going to give your money back. >> we'll take care of it next month. so important advice coming up in that piece. >>> and later this half hour, he's among the most eligible bachelors on the planet. now it looks like prince harry has a new squeeze. hopefully not that snake. find out who she is coming up in "the skinny." he gets around though, man. >> i've said it before, i'll say it again, i want to party with him. >> he's not
and senate are recess. the pentagon officially notified employees that they could face four lows because of the cut. >> police could make a major breakthrough on the cold case. detectives have confirmed remains found in stafford county are those of a d.c. woman who disappeared six and a half years ago. we have more on the investigation and why police want your help tonight. >> the manner and cause of death that we suspect, that information leads us to believe it is a homicide. >> is a kind of crime the staffordshire department never wants to see cross of to their county. but when a trucker pulled off the road to go to the bathroom and found a skeleton remains, it deputies believe they're dealing with the murder. when they searched the area, they found personal effects scattered through the woods. the skeleton was taken to the medical examiner's office was determined it was that of young female. >> dna evidence revealed the victim was from a d.c.. her family reported her missing in 2006. >> we had not found anybody who had seen her in between 2006 and when we found her remains. >> she was
was aimed at defense department workers at the pentagon and around the world. secretary panetta sent them a written message, as he left for a nato defense ministers meeting in brussels. in it, he said there are limited options for coping with the looming across-the-board cuts. and, he said: >> on our civilians it will be catastrophic. >> woodruff: within hours, top pentagon officials were out, saying employees could lose one day of work per week for 22 weeks. civilians will experience a 20 percent decrease in their pay between late april and september. as a result, many families will be forced to make difficult decisions on where their financial obligations lie. >> reporter: the furloughs could start in late april and save roughly $5 billion. uniformed personnel at war would be exempt, but in a letter to congress, panetta wrote that the spending cuts will slow training and the procurement of weapons. the result, he said, will be a hollow force. the nation's top military leader had said as much last week at a senate hearing on the automatic cuts. chair of the joint chiefs of staff, general
means more than $1 trillion ripped from the federal budget over a decade. the pentagon announced tell it would absorb the blow. >> the defense department faces enormous budgetary uncertainty. >> economists warn that sequestration will hit the entire metro area, possibly more than any other region. department of agriculture employee charles says that it could impact meatpacking plants. >> we will have to be frugal. >> that means less tax revenue for jurisdictions. another impact? fewer riders and less revenue for metro. >> federal workers will have less disposable income. >> a new factor in the payroll tax increase, up $5.5 billion from reduce procurement spending, that is a whopping $13 billion out of the metro area economy. >> it has already crippled the economy in the sense that it has stopped moving. >> even non-government workers are worried. >> it could be bad news. >> and now congress is on break and president obama spent the weekend hanging out with tiger woods. however, there are a lot of people optimistic that the white house and congress will get down to business and come up
've already heard the devastating list of horribles that the pentagon has said are going to be out there. so the question is, on top of all those things that you just talked about is what is the impact on the middle class? so the question the president is asking is why don't we take a step back, let's fix this in a kind of balanced way the president has proposed and the senate democrats have proposed with a reasonable amount of spending cuts and a reasonable amount of revenue raisers so that we can get this thing done and move on to the business of the country. >> but help me understand because we have a budget. this is -- look at exactly what this is. $85 billion this year out of a budget of 3.8 trillion. you can see just the small slice and then if you look at the sequester over ten years, we're talking about 1.2 trillion out of $47 trillion in projected government spending. is it really impossible to find less than 3% of savings in a federal budget without making those kind of horrible cuts? >> you know what, it's not impossible, and that's exactly what the president has done over the las
about pentagon, defense secretary, once, that he never called anybody in libya, and, are you also surprised -- i'm not saying -- i'm astonished, the administration refused to give congress the fbi interviews with the survivors of benghazi. >> those are good questions and are always unanswered in questions like this but the hagel confirmation is not the forum to get that kind of information. there is another dimension here and that is, what are democratic senators really thinking about the hagel nomination? i understand some of them actually called the white house and said, is hagel going to withdraw? would he consider withdrawing, the answer is an emphatic "no" and, remember, john erlichmen, nixon's aide used to talk about twisting slowly in the wind and the factor here is time and there is this twisting in the wind aura to all of this, and i wonder whether the democrats are kind of looking and asking what really is the fundamental question here, is he the best person to be secretary of defense? >> chris: all right. we have to take a break, when we come back the fight over spendin
murkier by the minute. are republicans gearing up to deny an up or down vote for the pentagon kick before the weekend? >>> president obama's road show policy push hits atlanta today and we'll take a deep dive into the options and odds of the president having to fall back on executive actions, because his policies won't go anywhere in congress. >>> and the republican ruckus over karl rove's conservative counter-strategy is reaching a bit of a fever pitch. but is the core of this fight really about the messengers or the message itself? >> good morning from washington and happy valentine's day. it's thursday, february 14th, 2013. this is "the daily rundown." i'm chuck todd. let's get right to my first reads of the morning. it may be valentine's day, but not a lot of love for chuck hagel. next week a nato meeting of defense ministers is scheduled in brussels. but given the way chuck hagel's nomination is going, it's possible the u.s. may not have a new defense secretary there or leon panetta may be forced to go there steed. yesterday, the senate began the odd procedural dance that is required
shirlington, glebe oad, towards the pentagon, a possible crash. there are the way to check it out. i will have more on that in 10 minutes. between stanford and the beltway, travel lanes are open. theween stafford and beltway. there is tired debris in the center of the beltway north of .he american legion bridge >> amateur video captured a meteorite falling from the sky in russia. >> amazing images. this caused explosions and more than 400 people. alarms going off] >> this was east of moscow. most of the injuries came from glass from buildings. part of a roof also collapsed at factory. >> scientists have been keeping over an asteroid large enough to destroy an city, expected to come within 17,000 miles of the earth. there are concerns it could impact satellites and could affect cell phone service. will begin live streaming event aroundhe afternoon. >> another big story we are following, the nightmare at sea for 4200 people a carnival cruise five days. triumph finally docked in mobile, alabama, thursday night passenger. as ran off the ship and some kissed the ground. >> the problem started when
kabul. for more we turn to pentagon correspondent jim miklaciewski. >> this order today shocked u.s. defense and military officials. they were taken totally by surprise. military officials also have strongly denied u.s. commandos condone or in any way took part in kidnapping, torture, or murders of afghan civilians or suspects. president karzai has occasionally in the past taken the u.s. military to task and, in part, to show the afghan people that he is in charge, but this province is a taliban stronghold, one of the hottest combat areas in afghanistan, so if karzai is playing politics here, it's an extremely dangerous game. now, president obama has already announced that 34,000 american troops, half the total american -- from afghanistan by the end of this year, but if u.s. forces are prevent from executing their mission, you may start to hear calls from washington to bring home all american forces sooner than planned. lester. >> thank you. >>> up next here tonight, the pope and his last sunday appearance. but we can still help you see your big picture. with the fidelity guided
conference here at the pentagon briefing room. there are moments when i thought i was part of the last act of an italian opera. you're not sure exactly when it would end, and when the fat lady would sing. >> for now the only certainty is much more congressional uncertainty. joy, does leon panetta need a shirt that says "i survived a chuck hagel filibuster and all i got was this lousy t-shirt?" just when he thinks it can't get worse, it's actually seemingly gotten worse. >> this is insane. i mean, last night i went through, and i was looking at the george w. bush cabinet nominations. none of which were filibustered. just for fun. just because i knew we were talking about it. his second term cabinet nominations, the majority went through by voice vote. they didn't even bother to take a poll of the senate. people like michael mukaze sailed through and alberto gonzalez, who went to the bedside of john ashcroft when he was the chief guy to demand that this sick man, this man who was on his bed barely lucid sign off on wiarrantless wiretapping. we had bin laden -- not filibuster. i mean, the bot
a cracked engine blades. the f-35 is the pentagon pose the most expensive weapons program with an annual price tag of nearly four hundred billion dollars. the jets will be grounded until the investigation is complete. >> he is the south african olympian accused of killing his girlfriend. we will tell you what oscar pistorius had to give up in order to get out on bail. >> oscar pistorius is free until his next court appearance in june. he was free on $110,000 bail. he was required to hand over his guns and passport. he is not allowed to leave town or return home. he is accused of killing his girlfriend on valentine's day. >> the attorney for the family of murdered florida teenager trayvon martin will not have to give a deposition. the attorney for george zimmerman had asked to interview them, but the judge denied the request. >> and unemployed workers in new york city say mayor michael bloomberg has let them down. he has vetoed legislation that allows advertisements to require a person to have a job before they can apply for the job advertised. >> today is the birthday of george washingto
at the department of defense. let's ask the military. >> ask you for an update on pentagon drone operations. >> probably not. >> well, let's hear what you have to say when i ask the question. >> okay. >> it has now been widely acknowledged that the u.s. military earlier this year, the military, pentagon, flew drone operations over pakistan's border region in cooperation with the pakistanis to collect reconnaissance information and show it to them. can you talk about why the u.s. military is now flying drone operations or did fly drone operations over pakistan? >> i can't. i know you say it's widely acknowledged. i don't know how widely anything has been acknowledged on that count. i don't think it's appropriate for me at this podium to discuss operations that may or may not be taking place. >> what concerns do you have that these u.s. government drone strikes in pakistan may be backfiring now and simply creating more enemies of the united states? >> i refer your questions to other people. that's not something we speak to or are involved in. >> who would you refer them to, jeff? where should
't want tax cuts. what's amazing is they want austerity at the expense of the pentagon, and that was the whole purpose of the sequester was to hold a gun to the pentagon's head and to poor people's head so that democrats and republicans would both have an incentive to compromise. that's out the window. they would rather have austerity than protect defense spending, which is a whole new shift in the political calculus. >> unexpected one. sfwhoo two things are true. this is a terrible way to govern. it's a terrible way to budget. no rationale person would sit down and say we're just going to have across the board cuts regardless of efficacy of programs. we're going to cut the bad programs as well as the good. no one would do that. the white house put out their numbers last night, the state by state impact numbers. >> the embargo numbers. >> right. you know, we saw them here in new york on the local level, and, obviously, nobody at the local level wants to take a hit. nobody wants to see aid from washington reduced at the local level. there's not going to be blood in the s
% cut in the pentagon's budget. more than 3.8 million americans have been jobless for six months or longer would see their unemployment benefits reduced more than 9%. stay with us for complete coverage of a legislative showdown over sequestration. cranston updates, go to wjla.com and check our facebook and twitter. >> sunny and mild conditions are about to change. parts of our region faced a threat of flooding. we have a first look at what we can expect. >> after a beautiful day it is hard to believe that you could be facing rain. partly cloudy and 44. two areas of precipitation. the one in the east coast, that one will have an effect tomorrow with rain. it looks like that is all it will be. this could be too much of a good thing with a flood watch posted. meanwhile west of washington, a number of winter headlines in effect. advisory's above 1,000 feet. winter storm warnings across western maryland and ice storm warnings across portions of west virginia. this is dependent on elevation location. east of the blue ridge some high in thin clouds. clouds are increasing tonight. as we
is not reached, the pentagon is facing this $6 billion in budget cuts across the board beginning next month. they will face additional cuts next year and beyond as well. >> this is a story you will want to see if you like to go out to local wineries for tastings are outdoor concert. there is a new controversial law that prohibits wineries from staying open and night. they are hoping a last-minute compromise will keep the doors open past sunset. >> 26 wineries and accounting, it has become a go to escape from the metro area. >> people are concerned because they are right next to an operation impacting their lives. >> a battle pitted labor against labor. what you expect a certain amount of privacy. >> it can mean the noise and traffic to some neighbors. the answer last august was a new farm winery ordinance. the winery's had to close at a set time, no more toasts after 6:00. can there be acceptance to the new rule? one winery hopes so thanks in large part to its location. the largest and recently voted most popular in northern virginia sits on 220 acres. no one in the dark roads here as it is
editor for foreign policy magazine. a lot of sources in the pentagon and he just wrote this about chuck hagel, quote, his big problem is that tho one much wants him running the pentagon. the prospect is a real problem now because the next secretary of defense will need to work with congress to reduce the defense budget and work with the military to reshape it to make it relevant for future conflict. at the moment, he appears to lack the political capital and the intellect yul appetite to do the latter. do you think chuck hagel can run the pentagon? >> my inclination has been to give the president the prerogative of deciding who's in his cabinet. i voted for john kerry although i don't agree with much he represents as far as a u.s. senator, but i think he's an honest person and i think the president has the right to decide. with regard to hagel, my first inclination was to give him the benefit of the doubt. i'm for auditing the pentagon. i think there is waste to be found. he's a soldier. served honor bly. i'm starting to have doubts and they are that if you going to run department of de
of the pentagon that i'm willing to do this. we are never again going to get to cut the pentagon back. the pentagon hasn't had any significant cuts for 30 years. >> josh green, is that the political equivalent of a liger, a lion and tiger combined to make an animal we have never seen before. rand paul and howard dean agreeing that the sequester should go through because, hey, defense -- >> hadn't occurred to me in quite those terms, but, yes, i suppose it could be a liger. >> there have always been contingent of liberal democrats that have wanted to go after the pentagon because its budget has grown enormously since 9/11. what you haven't had is a kind of republican analog. there have been a few people here, walter jones, congressman in north carolina, ron paul, in fact, was a big advocate of this, but only in the last couple of years, and really only in the last 18 months since the sequester cuts have loomed have you seen this tension between small government anti-tax republicans and pro-defense republicans. it's really a sort of tug-of-war between their two interests. traditionally
of the pentagon could be much worse. >> instelved -- instead of a first rate power we would be the second rate. that would be the result of the sequester. >> those defense cuts are unacceptable to the republican of the services committee. ship yard workers are laid off and aircraft are pushed past their limit and soldiers are being tested by the president's repeated insistance that defense cuts are the key to resolving the financial crisis . even if sequestration doesn't take off. russia's defense tend spending will be bigger and china is set to pass us by that stame measure and worth pointing out the u.s. gdp is larger than any of thoyce two countries. >> and why it is it so important when you look at sequestration. thank you for that report. >> there is new numbers that show americans are once again starting to borrow mon i against their homes at a record pace. what up need to know to keep from getting in trouble with home equitty loanings. stay with us. . . like the flu. with aches, fever and chills- the flu's a really big deal. so why treat it like it's a little cold? there's something tha
to the staff at the pentagon since taking office early this morning. hagel was sworn in at a private ceremony after an unusually tough confirmation fight, which ended in a 58-41 vote. hagel overcame a republican-led filibuster by members of his own party who never forgave his criticism of the iraq war. let me bring in republican strategist and former santorum senior strategist and nbc col n columnist and contributing editor for the hill. good morning. he has to confront a staggering $46 billion in cuts to military spending which are set to begin tomorrow. he's got his work cut out for him. >> he really does. part of the reason the president selected chuck hagel was knowing going forward the defense department would have to undergo cuts anyhow. obviously the sequester makes that a lot tougher process because it is, you know, these cuts are much less strategic obviously than what we would have preferred. he also comes in after having a tough few weeks, a little bloodied i think and some of that was intended not so much to go after hagel but to try to go after the president and, thankfully, the
to run the pentagon. former republican senator and decorated vietnam combat veteran, chuck hagel, already under fire before today. he got a rough treatment at today's hearing. kelly o'donnell is on the hill tonight with details. kelly, good evening. >> reporter: good evening, brian. tough questions were expected, but the real surprise today came in how chuck hagel handled the all-day scrutiny. at times appearing unprepared or off his game. and that's after hagel had dozens of personal meetings with senators, trying to win their support to become the next secretary of defense. >> right up the stairs, sir. >> reporter: chuck hagel would break new ground as the first enlisted man, first vietnam veteran, to run the pentagon. and first cabinet nominee to get the super pac treatment. tv ads against his confirmation. >> chuck hagel is not a responsible option. >> reporter: but it was hagel's former colleagues and even friends who waged a coordinated attack today on hagel's judgment. john mccain seized on hagel's vocal opposition to the surge of troops in iraq in 2007. >> the question, senator ha
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